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The Mad Miss Manton

The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

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Release Date: Oct 21, 1938 Wide

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Wealthy socialite Melsa Manton (Barbara Stanwyck) is taking her pooches for a walk in the dead of the night when she stumbles upon a dead body and a car fleeing the scene of the crime. She alerts the police but the corpse has disappeared by the time they arrive, and the lieutenant, knowing of her madcap reputation, believes she was playing a practical joke. After newspaper editor Peter Ames (Henry Fonda) takes her to task in print, she sues him for libel and enlists the aid of her society

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A mildly funny screwball comedy-mystery thriller that is overall more thirties stylish than witty.

June 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The Mad Miss Manton succeeds as a romantic comedy more than it succeeds as a mystery.

November 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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Sprightly bit of nonsense with Barbara & Henry charming each other and the audience.
August 20, 2013
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Stanwyck is fun to watch as leader of a gang of idle Park Avenue society women who try to solve a murder outside the law and Henry Fonda's newspaper. Some silly sequences and questionable romance between the stars, which includes Fonda threatening to beat some sense into Barbara three different times - now there's a match made in counseling! I had an easier time following the trail of suspects in The Big Sleep but at least they don't take themselves too seriously. A minor entry in each resume.
May 20, 2011
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